Government has launched the wildlife detection dog department at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe and has already deployed three trained dogs to sniff and catch those wishing to smuggle out wildlife products and illicit drugs.
Wildlife and Parks director Bright Kumchedwa said the dogs would help crack down on those who illegally smuggle out ivory products such as ivory as well as those who smuggle out illicit drugs. “Dogs are not corrupted, dogs cannot be corrupted, this is why we say this is a milestone in our effort to crack down on the smugglers,” he said.
The launch of the department was done today at the airport in the presence of the Inspector General of Police whose officers will be in control of the department.
Kumchedwa described the launch of the department as a milestone in the curbing of illegal smuggling of both ivory and illicit drugs.